Conservatory of Music Admission

Audition

Schedule Your Audition

After completing the application for admission and submitting the audition fee or fee waiver through the online applicant portal, you will be asked to request your audition date. All music majors must audition.

The application and audition fee/fee waiver must be submitted by November 1 to audition in November-January and by January 15 to audition in February.

All date specific auditions will be conducted virtually until further notice. We will give as much notice as possible should a change in format be necessary. Recorded auditions are welcome for instrumentalists and classical vocalists. Music theatre applicants will be required to submit a recorded monologue, dance, and wild card video prior to their live virtual audition date. An optional pre-screen for music theatre applicants is available upon request by contacting music@bw.edu.

On-Campus Audition Dates for Fall 2021 Enrollment

Auditions are filled on a first-come basis after the receipt of the application and audition fee or fee waiver. Audition spots may fill well in advance of the application deadline.

Decision letters regarding your status for admission with BW and the Conservatory are sent by December 15 or March 20, depending on when BW receives your application materials and when you complete your audition.

Instrumental & Classical Voice Auditions

Music education, music therapy, music composition, instrumental performance, voice performance, keyboard performance, music theatre direction, music theory, music history & literature, Bachelor of Arts in music.

Saturday, November 14, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021

Music Theatre Auditions

Saturday, November 14, 2020 - Audition spots for this date are full.
Saturday, November 21, 2020 - Audition spots for this date are full.
Saturday, December 12, 2020 
Sunday, December 13, 2020 
Saturday, January 23, 2021
Saturday, February 13, 2021
Saturday, February 20, 2021

Music Theatre Organization Specific Auditions

Applicant’s membership in a specific organization (Moonifieds & MTCA) will be checked prior to confirmation. Other organization specific auditions, if held virtually, are open to all applicants.

October 10-11, 2020 - College Unified Auditions
November 17-24, 2020 - Moonifieds Auditions
January 9-10, 2021 - MTCA
February 7-8, 2021 - Chicago Unifieds

Audition Fee

Please submit your audition fee using your applicant portal after submitting your application. Instructions for logging into your applicant portal are emailed once your application is received.

The audition fee for on-campus and off-campus auditions is $100 and is non-refundable.

  • Students who wish to audition for more than one Conservatory program are only charged a flat rate of $100.
  • Students who wish to audition for both a Conservatory program and the BFA acting program are offered a special audition rate of $150.

You will receive an email confirmation of your payment. Audition confirmations will be emailed beginning mid-September.

If paying the audition fee is a financial hurdle, you are invited to contact music@bw.edu to request an audition fee waiver. The Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music is dedicated to ensuring that all prospective students regardless of financial standing are able to secure an audition opportunity if spots are currently available. Soon after payment of the audition fee or receipt of the fee waiver, you will have access to the audition calendar within the applicant portal to select a date to conduct your virtual audition.

The Audition

Virtual auditions are encouraged and are held at regular intervals by the Conservatory. Instrumentalists including piano and organ, as well as classical vocalists, may instead submit a recorded audition to the Conservatory of Music by selecting the recorded audition option on the application. An email will be sent with further recorded submission instructions after the application has been received by the Conservatory Admission office. The recorded audition will be reviewed after the application, uploaded audition, and supporting materials have been received. Music theatre applicants will be asked to submit a recorded monologue and dance audition prior to their scheduled live, virtual voice audition.

An accompanist or backing track/recorded accompaniment is expected for all voice auditions. Instrumentalists are not expected to have an accompanist.

All music majors with piano or organ as the primary applied instrument may choose to prepare an audition of one solo piece on an orchestral instrument or voice. This audition will be considered for the student’s secondary instrument and/or large ensemble requirement for the desired degree program.

Prospective music education, music theory, music theatre direction, music history and literature, composition and music therapy majors will have a brief interview with one or more members of the faculty to assess the applicant’s suitability for the desired major. Students who submit a recorded audition are responsible for contacting the Conservatory admission office to arrange the required interview.

It is recommended that candidates for the music education major submit at least one recommendation from an instructor in their school setting. This could be a band, orchestra or choir director or an academic teacher.

Prospective Bachelor of Music in composition majors must submit two to four original compositions for review. Recordings are strongly recommended (live or midi versions). The preferred option for submission is through our composition submission system. Scores should be uploaded as PDF files and recordings should be uploaded as mp3 files. The second option is to mail hard copies of your scores along with two copies of a CD of your recordings to the Conservatory admission office. Materials will not be returned.

Candidates for the music theory major or music history and literature major should describe their interest in pursuing a theory or history major in the music essay. In addition, candidates should submit a writing sample that demonstrates research ability.

Suggested Repertoire

The compositions listed below are considered suitable for audition. These suggestions are an indication of the degree of achievement expected. Selections should demonstrate your musicianship and technical proficiency, be performed within your capabilities and be thoroughly prepared and convincingly performed.

Pianists and vocalists are required to memorize all selections. Memorization is not required for organ, string, wind, brass or percussion auditions.

A Note Regarding the Upcoming Audition Season

The 2020-2021 audition season stands to be a unique experience for both our applicants and our faculty. Traditionally, Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music has hosted full, day long, on-campus audition events so that our applicants and their families are able to truly experience all that BW has to offer. While we most likely will be unable to welcome you to campus for your audition experience this year, we still hope to recreate the BW atmosphere that makes our Conservatory experience unique.

Applicants that select a live, virtual audition date will also be invited to participate in an information session prior to your audition. In addition, virtual masterclasses, sample lessons and Q&A sessions with faculty & current students may be offered. We invite you to take advantage of as many of the sessions as feasible in order to enrich your understanding of the BW Conservatory of Music culture.

In addition, we invite you and your family to schedule a personal campus tour and information session. We look forward to seeing you on campus and online this audition season!

Overnight Accommodations

If you are coming from a distance and need a place to rest your head, please view a list of nearby hotels. Make sure you mention you are visiting BW, as some offer a discounted rate.